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STD cases up in Mercer, prostitution cited

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A Mercer County health official says prostitution is a factor in a recent increase in sexually transmitted disease cases.

Public health nurse Judy Bolton says the county health department saw 27 cases of sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, in June. She tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the typical number of monthly cases is 10 to 15.

The increase coincides with a rise in prostitution activity. Bolton says the problem has been worse this year than in past years.

But she says it's difficult to track prostitutes who have sexually transmitted diseases. Often, people who have had contact with them can't give health officials much information about them.